Sign up to receive the day's curated top stories, legislative schedule, press releases, and other daily features every morning in your inbox!

MassInsider
Jump To...
Quote of the Day Social Media Podcast Press Releases
Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Public Higher Education Advocacy Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Division of Marine Fisheries Public Hearing, Tisbury Town Hall, 54 Spring Street, Vineyard Haven

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:30pm Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

5:30pm Meet & Greet with Lt. Governor Candidate Quentin Palfrey, Gallery X, 169 William Street, New Bedford

6:00pm Division of Marine Fisheries Public Hearing, Admirals Hall, Mass. Maritime Academy, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay

Birthdays: Rep. Thomas Golden, Jr.

Must-Reads

Elizabeth Warren's national profile makes her a target for local Republicans » Boston Globe Not one but three main Republican challengers say they can topple this daunting Democrat, largely because of her national profile, not in spite of it. …

Crop of liberal candidates look to rattle normally sleepy DA races » Boston Globe Tobe Berkovitz, a marketing professor at Boston University, said the district attorney races are a sign of growing discontent with the status quo. Liberal voters are looking for more full-throated dis…

Florida lawmakers punish NRA's corporate foes » Politico TALLAHASSEE — Gun-rights Republicans in the Florida House are starting to punish Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Delta Airlines after the corporations severed ties with the National Rifle Association…

A new poll shows how younger women could help drive a Democratic wave in 2018 » Washington Post Since the inauguration of Donald Trump, women's political activism appears to be on the rise. The Women's March and related protests were one example. Another is the record number of women running for…

Pot lobbying on Beacon Hill reaches new high » The Salem News More than $1.1 million was spent lobbying on marijuana in 2017, according to public disclosures filed with Secretary of State William Galvin's office. That's more than three times the $250,000 spent b…

L'Italien reports show support from colleagues, lobbyists » Eagle Tribune So far, of the over $319,000 in contributions she has received so far in her congressional run, the Andover Democrat has received more than $50,000 from Massachusetts lobbyists along with current and …

Trump plan to allow oil drilling off New England unites foes in opposition » Boston Globe For decades, they have done battle — through street protests, in courtrooms, on Beacon Hill. It takes a lot, something broadly and viscerally opposed, to unite the traditional foes.…

“If Democrats can’t figure out how to win in 2018, we’re toast for 2020,”

Congressman Seth Moulton

His response when asked if he would be running for president in 2020.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Rep. Moulton comments on gun policy at Town Hall » Wilmington Town Crier Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) representing the 6th District of Massachusetts held a Town Hall in Saugus on Saturday, where he commented to re­porters on his views on gun policy in the wake of the…

Warren's consumer dream dismantled » Boston Globe Eight years ago, Elizabeth Warren fought tooth and nail for a strong federal consumer protection agency that would be free from political influence, with a budget outside Congress's grasp and a single…

Business

Film, panel fertile ground for farming discussions » Worcester Telegram Farms are crucial to the character of the rural towns of central Massachusetts, but their role – however important – has not been enough to prevent the loss of over 10,000 dairy farms in…

Museum, AG to rebut 'friend of court' briefs in art sale case » Berkshire Eagle Lawyers for the Berkshire Museum and the Attorney General's Office might have the last word on challenges to their three-week-old agreement to allow the institution to sell up to 40 works of art. …

Fasten to Cease Boston Operations Following Acquisition by Russian Transportation Network » BostInno Fasten, a ride-hailing company with offices in Boston and Austin, Texas, is freezing its U.S. operations following acquisition by Vezet Group, a transportation network in Russia that provides more tha…

Civil Rights

In wake of Spotlight series on race, a growing dialogue emerging » Boston Globe Artists of color have pushed to create in the Seaport District a “black space” that welcomes all to infuse the overwhelmingly white enclave with diverse cultural offerings. The head of a …

Education

Meehan aims to hold line on UMass costs » Lowell Sun Affordability, affordability, affordability. It was the focus of his inauguration and now, over a year later, will be the focus of University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan's second annual St…

As area rural school districts shrink and costs rise, new state report explores solutions » Worcester Telegram A new report from the state's education department calls the problems facing rural school districts “unique challenges.” Some officials in those small, shrinking systems, meanwhile, see it…

Swampscott principal's leave now indefinite » Lynn Daily News Item Superintendent Pamela Angelakis has opted to extend the Stanley Elementary School principal's leave of absence until further notice less than a month after the principal announced they were transgende…

Environment

Storm recovery continues two days after nor'easter » Boston Globe Thousands of Massachusetts residents spent Sunday waiting for electricity to be restored, repairing damaged homes, and clearing away storm debris as Governor Charlie Baker visited coastal communities …

Baker surveys coastal damage after storm » The Salem News Gov. Charlie Baker and Sen. Bruce Tarr climbed the Stage Fort Park seawall to get a better look at the pull of the waves, but they got a closer look than they were hoping for. The politicians endured …

Town campaigns target plastic waste » Lowell Sun Single-use plastic bags are a ubiquitous feature in modern life, handed out in checkout lines in supermarkets, convenience stores and all kinds of retail businesses before lingering tucked away in kit…

Sewage disposal company sued for illegally dumping waste into Millbury's sewers » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle

As next storm develops, senator points to "writing on the wall" » State House News Service

Health Care

Shriners may stop treating young burn patients in Boston under its consolidation plan » Boston Globe Shriners Hospitals for Children, which for decades has treated children from the United States and other countries with complex and life-threatening burn injuries, is considering a plan that could inc…

BEACON HILL ROLL CALL: Bill passed that requires health insurance companies to provide EOB summaries only directly to the patient » Wicked Local Fall River Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators' and representatives' votes on roll calls from the week of February 26-March 2.…

New era arrives for MassHealth patients in Berkshires » Berkshire Eagle Tens of thousands of low-income Berkshires residents face changes in the MassHealth program, part of the state's first Medicaid overhaul in two decades. …

Housing

State legislators, advocates push for more funding to help homeless » Worcester Telegram With the number of homeless families in Massachusetts nearly doubling in the past 10 years, and chronic homelessness continuing to be an issue in cities including Worcester, legislators and advocates …

Human Services

State money targeted for local veterans » Eagle Tribune DiZoglio was in Haverhill on Friday to announce earmarks in the 2018 state budget that will provide $200,000 to Career Resources Corp. in Haverhill for job search, job preparation and job placement se…

Immigration

Would You Warn Your Neighbors About An Immigration Raid? » WBUR

DACA Uncertainty Felt In Berkshires » WAMC Fierce national debate about immigration is weighing heavily on some Massachusetts residents as the fate of DACA consumes the lives of those it protects. …

Insurance

Senate passes bill to close UMass insurance loophole » Boston Business Journal The University of Massachusetts lacks the authority to insure buildings that are owned by the state and used by the school, adding to the cost of rebuilding after disaster strikes.…

Judiciary

State's highest court to consider voter registration cutoff » The Associated Press (AP) The state's highest court will hear arguments in a case involving Massachusetts' 20-day voter registration cutoff deadline.…

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to consider voter registration, campaign finance cases » The Republican

Legislative

Chabot: Senators win jackpot with power vacuum » Boston Herald The power vacuum in the Massachusetts Senate has meant a paycheck bonanza for several pols who've pocketed a combined $220,000 from their new posts after they were tapped for key leadership roles amid…

Fitchburg's Dean Tran continues to defy odds as freshman senator » Worcester Telegram Sen. Dean Tran, R-Fitchburg, has spent his entire life breaking boundaries. After spending just two years in his native Vietnam, Mr. Tran and his family set out to escape the communist confines of the…

How they voted: Western Mass. lawmakers weigh in on confidential health care, public employee protections » MassLive Massachusetts House and Senate lawmakers cast ballots on measures ranging from protecting access to confidential health care to providing all public employees with the same safeguards as private worke…

Local Government

Marshfield, Scituate storm damage gets Lt. Gov. Polito's attention » Wicked Local Marshfield Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito toured Scituate and Marshfield Sunday afternoon to see first-hand the devastation this weekend's nor'easter brought with it, and to observe the hard work being done to…

City seizes, sells downtown Taunton sites as part of central business revitalization » Taunton Gazette The flatbed truck with the toilet and trash is gone, and that's a good thing, according to Taunton City Solicitor Jason D. Buffington.…

Wharf District Residents Express Frustrations with Municipal Harbor Plan Revisions » North End Waterfront The unified response by waterfront neighbors came after a presentation by Rich McGuinness of the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA).…

Springfield city councilors, mayor clash over diversity hiring » The Republican Some city councilors, concerned about the limited number of minority department heads, want Springfield to have a chief diversity officer.…

Marijuana

North Adams sees first sparks of interest from marijuana businesses » Berkshire Eagle As the city races to pass marijuana zoning regulations, it has already received interest from prospective businesses. …

Opinion

Recognizing biliterate graduates is a big deal » The Metro West Daily News It may seem like a small thing, but Monday's news that the Framingham Public Schools will participate in a new state program that recognizes students who are fluent in multiple languages with a seal o…

Trump's budget is a death warrant for the arts » Boston Globe FOR THE SECOND budget cycle in a row, Donald Trump is attempting to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.…

Clarence Fanto: Capeless was a crusader for civil, socially conscious leadership » Berkshire Eagle Since learning of the surprise retirement announcement by Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless after 14 years in that post and 35 years as a high-profile county prosecutor with an enviable recor…

Editorial: Going beyond just words » Boston Herald Advocates rarely — if ever — heap praise on a governor (any governor) for stepping up for their particular cause at budget time. It is, after all, the nature of advocacy groups to push f…

Gas-by-train? Beacon Hill opens the door » Boston Globe IF TRAINS carrying liquid natural gas start chugging through Massachusetts, spewing needless extra greenhouse gas emissions, the excuses from Beacon Hill probably won't be far behind.…

Our view: Buy-local program will help Bay State businesses » Gloucester Times Small Business Saturday has become the third leg of America's post-Thanksgiving commercial bonanza. First came “Black Friday,” which is still the main event, drawing shoppers out of their …

Should Massachusetts courts be allowed to order the seizure of guns when a person is deemed to pose a significant danger? » Boston Globe State Representative, Natick Democrat …

Carr: Polito's silence on trooper photos is just picture perfect » Boston Herald Pay no attention to those photographs on the Internet of Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito yukking it up with disgraced MSP trooper Leigha Genduso.…

Trump's Cabinet: Gilded with taxpayer gold » Boston Globe WELL, AT LEAST we finally know what Ben Carson has been up to since he became the Trump administration's little-seen or-heard Housing and Urban Development secretary.…

Politics

Cong. Moulton addresses big crowd at North Andover Democratic Committee annual breakfast. » Eagle Tribune Congressman Seth Moulton told the partisan crowd at the North Andover Democratic Town Committee breakfast Sunday that the country needs new leaders to face the challenges of the future.…

Malone calls jobs, health key in 3rd District race » Lowell Sun Bopha Malone may not live in the 3rd District, but she hopes her strong ties to the Lowell community and desire to give back will help her overcome that hurdle in her run for Congress.…

International Women's Day event spotlights pioneering women » Boston Herald Six pioneering women are speaking at an International Women's Day celebration in downtown Boston.…

Candidates Pitch Pittsfield Democrats at Caucus » iBerkshires

4th Democratic candidate emerges for Kulik's 1st Franklin seat » The Republican A fourth Democrat has announced her candidacy for the 1st Franklin District seat now held by Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington.…

5th Democratic candidate emerges for state Rep. Steve Kulik's 1st Franklin District seat » The Republican A fifth Democrat has declared her intention to run for the Massachusetts House 1st Franklin District seat held by Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, who is not seeking reelection.…

Republican Lindsey Esser of Monson looks to unseat state Sen. Anne Gobi » Mass Live Republican Lindsey Esser, 34, of Monson, is running for the state Senate seat held since 2014 by Anne Gobi, D-Spencer, who previously was a state representative. …

As Primaries Begin, Divided Voters Weigh What It Means to Be a Democrat » New York Times When Representative Daniel Lipinski, a conservative-leaning Democrat and scion of Chicago's political machine, agreed to one joint appearance last month with his liberal primary challenger, the divide…

Born To Run: Ayanna Pressley's Road To Congress » Essence Ayanna Pressley can't remember the moment she decided to enter politics, but it has always been in her DNA.…

GOP Senate hopeful Beth Lindstrom hopes to thwart Elizabeth Warren, bring business-focused policies to Washington » MassLive Although Beth Lindstrom has never previously run for political office, the former manager of Scott Brown's 2010 campaign said she knows what it takes for a Republican to win a U.S. Senate seat in Mass…

Battenfeld: Statie scandals may roil Baker's re-election bid » Boston Herald Multiple scandals in the state police have put Gov. Charlie Baker's administration in a politically perilous position, just as the governor's re-election campaign is gearing up.…

Berkshire DA says exit aimed at helping top aide win post » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER and Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless are coming under fire for setting up a behind-the-scenes hand-off of the DA's post to the office's first assistant.…

Moulton says congressional midterms are key » Commonwealth Magazine US REP. SETH MOULTON spoke to the New England Council Friday morning on the importance of the midterm elections, where he stands in the Capuano-Pressley race, legislative redistricting, and his newest…

Mayor's endorsement of Zakim ignites spat with Galvin » State House News Service

Public Health

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Clark encouraging more substance use treatment professionals » The Metro West Daily News U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, Massachusetts - 5th, is aiming to get more healthcare professionals working in substance use disorder treatment as the opioid epidemic continues a firm grip on communities a…

Chicopee to consider under-21 ban on tobacco sales » MassLive The City Council is considering prohibiting the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to people under 21, joining more than 160 other communities across the state which have already passed the…

Public Safety

Rally shines light on gun violence » Worcester Telegram About a dozen people gathered despite the freezing rain on the town common downtown Sterling on Sunday, Feb. 25, for a Rally Against Gun Violence, organized by town resident Rosanne Mapp. Most attende…

Chelsea police chief big on respect and dignity » Boston Globe Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes is keen on training the next generation of aspiring law enforcement professionals.…

Lawmakers mull 'red flag' gun bill after Florida shooting » Boston Herald Preemptively disarming individuals who display unstable or potentially dangerous behavior could help prevent future mass shootings, according to supporters of a so-called "red flag" bill pending befor…

Boston police spokesman moving on to investigative unit » Boston Globe After a series of controversies rattled the Boston Police Department last month, Lieutenant Detective Michael McCarthy, the public voice and face of the force, has announced that he is moving on to an…

Rep: Mass. gun laws work » Newburyport News In the wake of a recent mass shooting at a Florida school, and calls for tougher controls on guns, state Rep. James Kelcourse's 100-percent rating from the state's NRA affiliate has prompted tough que…

Massachusetts State Police suspend Trooper Matthew Sheehan without pay indefinitely after racist posts on MassCops site » MassLive The Massachusetts State Police suspended Trooper Matthew Sheehan, according to a spokesman for the law enforcement agency.…

Tarr, Chandler send Congress gun law message » The Salem News

Transportation

Officials seek ways to increase parking at Westborough commuter lot » Community Advocate As the town continues to tout a shuttle that brings commuters from the MBTA commuter rail lot located on Smith Parkway, it must wrestle with another problem – the lack of parking spaces there f…

Boston's rich and poor neighborhoods show sidewalk repair disparity » Boston Globe The divide between the haves and have-nots in Boston has always been stark, often measured by the quality of schools and the safety of streets.…

Rep. Vargas Backs Study Calling for Haverhill Trains Every 15-30 Min. » WHAV State Rep. Andy X. Vargas last Wednesday joined transit advocacy group TransitMatters in calling for modernization of the state's commuter rail network, including rail service to Haverhill every 15 to…

Utilities

Prep your decoder boxes, Pittsfield: Charter Spectrum switching to all-digital signal » Berkshire Eagle First it was South County, then it was Northern Berkshire, and soon it will be Pittsfield's turn. On Tuesday, Charter Spectrum will establish an all-digital signal in Pittsfield, something that it pre…

Pilgrim assessment offers praise, concern » Cape Cod Times In an annual assessment letter full of seeming contradictions, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission told owners and management that Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station would remain classified as one of the thr…

Social Media Spotlight

massltgov

massgovernor

marcosdevers



NancyLane

@nancylanephotos

Linda Dean Campbell

@rep_campbell

Sen. Adam Hinds

@adamghinds


Friday's Late-Breaking News

Hong Kong Day celebrated at Massachusetts Statehouse » Sampan

VIDEO: New MassBay Campus To Be Built on Framingham State Property » Framingham Source

Senate candidates tangle in Middlesex-Worcester seat debate » The Metro West Daily News

Rivera clashes with council over city attorney » Eagle Tribune

Retired State Police lieutenant arraigned in overtime scam » Boston Globe

Court eyes challenge to dismissing murder verdicts » Boston Herald

Peter Lucas: Lelling does his job so Healey doesn't have to do her job » Lowell Sun

Political Notes: Conservative group urges no vote for Baker » Cape Cod Times

EDITORIAL: To regret, or not to regret » Newburyport News

Baker, Gonzalez detail positions in Gatehouse editorial meetings » telegram.com

**** Here’s a great way for you to get your message in front of a large and sophisticated audience of government relations professionals. It’s an especially nice way to communicate with them if you don’t have the time or capacity to create banner ads, or advocacy-oriented web pages. For more information, please contact us at massinsider@instatrac.com. ****
The Week Ahead

Monday - 3/5

Birthdays: Rep. Thomas Golden, Jr.

9:00am Public Higher Education Advocacy Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Division of Marine Fisheries Public Hearing, Tisbury Town Hall, 54 Spring Street, Vineyard Haven

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:30pm Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

5:30pm Meet & Greet with Lt. Governor Candidate Quentin Palfrey, Gallery X, 169 William Street, New Bedford

6:00pm Division of Marine Fisheries Public Hearing, Admirals Hall, Mass. Maritime Academy, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay

Tuesday - 3/6

9:00am Library Legislative Day, Grand Staircase & Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

6:00pm Fundraiser for Sen. Barbara L'Italien for Congress

6:00pm NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts: Elected for Choice 2018 honoring Sen. Harriette Chandler, Rep. Patricia Haddad and Rep. John Scibak, Scholars, 25 School Street, Boston

Special Election for Sen. Thomas McGee's seat

State Primary for Special Election for Rep. Paul Heroux's seat

Wednesday - 3/7

9:00am 45th Annual Mass. Developmental Disabilities Council & Arc of Mass. Legislative Reception, Grand Staircase & Great Hall, State House, Boston

5:00pm North Shore Fundraiser for State Auditor Suzanne Bump

6:00pm Lowell Meet & Greet with Rep. Juana Matias

7:00pm Meet & Greet with State Sen. Candidate Steven Hall

7:00pm Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Public Hearing, Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough

Thursday - 3/8

9:30am Mass. Commission on the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Constituents Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

5:30pm Fundraiser for Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni

7:00pm State Sen. Candidate Katie McBrine Scituate Campaign Launch Party

Friday - 3/9

Birthdays: Rep. Denise Provost

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Congressman Jim McGovern's St. Patrick's Day Party

6:30pm State Sen. Candidate Lindsey Esser Campaign Kickoff


47 Winter Street #5 - Boston - MA 02108
About Us
Privacy Policy
Connect With Us
Phone: (617) 292-1800

You have received this message because you are signed up for MassInsider. Click here to unsubscribe. Email us at info@instatrac.com. We appreciate any feedback or suggestions.

Copyright © 2016 Instatrac, Inc. All Rights Reserved.